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					Sheila Dixon
Mayor, Baltimore 250 City Hall Baltimore Maryland 21202 410-396-3835 Fax: 410-576-9425


CONTACT: Ian Brennan (410) 530-0459

Mayor Dixon Joins Walmart to Provide Turkey and Toys to Maryland Families
Baltimore, MD (December 16, 2008) – Mayor Sheila Dixon joined Walmart associates, elected officials and community leaders to welcome 100 families to the Port Covington Walmart. The Baltimore city families were selected based on need by the SharpLeadenhall Planning Committee. Mayor Dixon greeted the families, and helped distribute toys to the children. “I applaud the efforts of Wal-Mart to strengthen their connection with the community by providing resources to those who benefit from them most,” said Mayor Dixon. “This distinguished corporate partner who stands with me today is leading by example, and I urge others to follow Wal-Mart’s lead.” Walmart is working to combat hunger and contribute to communities throughout Maryland by giving 160 families turkeys and toys to make the season merrier. Local Walmart stores in Baltimore and Landover Hills gathered to spread the spirit of giving in the form of turkeys and toys for families in need this holiday season. At events today in Baltimore and Landover Hills, the retailer also donated $35,000 to the Maryland Food Bank to support its programs to provide nutritious foods for families in need. The Maryland Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America. Last month, WalMart Stores, Inc. announced its food drive program which donates nutritious food including meats, deli food, and dairy products – the equivalent of 70 million meals a year – to Feeding America nationally. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Wal-Mart during these tough economic times,” said CEO of the Maryland Food Bank, Deborah Flateman. “Our shelves are not the only shelves at critically low levels. Food Banks across the country are having the same problem. Wal-Mart’s recent announcement about their food donation program comes at a crucial time as we feed the hungry this holiday season.”


“The holiday season is a time for giving to others. Through the Toys and Turkey program, Wal-Mart is giving back to the community and distributing food and gifts to families who need the most,” said Maryland State Delegate Shawn Tarrant who also joined in the effort in Baltimore.” About the Maryland Food Bank The Maryland Food Bank supplies food to hungry Marylanders by gathering excess and donated grocery products, and then distributing them to charitable food providers. The Maryland Food Bank has facilities in Baltimore and Salisbury comprising nearly 107,000 square feet of warehouse, refrigerator and freezer space. The Maryland Food Bank, now in its 29th year of operation, distributes more than 14 million pounds of food annually through its statewide network of 1,000 affiliated food distribution agencies. The Maryland Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, and an honored recipient of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization’s Award for Standards for Excellence in ethics and accountability in business. ### Please visit our website at